Next-Generation iPad Air With Spec Bump Reportedly in Development

Apple is actively developing a sixth-generation iPad Air, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who briefly touched on the mid-range tablet in his latest Power On newsletter. However, it's unclear exactly when the next model will be released.

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Gurman said the first Macs with the M3 chip could be announced as early as October, but he does not expect any major upgrades across the iPad lineup this year. Given a spec-bumped iPad Air would likely not be considered a major upgrade, it's unclear if the device will be updated later this year or at some point in 2024.

"For those wondering about the iPad — another product that typically gets refreshed in October — I wouldn't expect any major upgrades until the M3 iPad Pros with OLED screens arrive next year," wrote Gurman. He added that "an iPad Air model that boosts its specifications is also in development," but did not provide any further details.

Apple last updated the iPad Air in March 2022 with the M1 chip, an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with Center Stage support, a faster USB-C port, 5G support for cellular models, and new color options. Pricing starts at $599 in the U.S. for 64GB of storage.

It's unclear what new features the next iPad Air will offer, but possibilities include the M2 chip, a Thunderbolt port like the iPad Pro, a horizontally-oriented front-facing camera like on the 10th-generation iPad, and new color options. Read our iPad Air roundup linked below for additional details about the current model.

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Top Rated Comments

tripsync Avatar
10 weeks ago
oh really? cause i thought apple didn't think of doing another iPad air and certainly not bumping any specs.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
10 weeks ago
I suspect Apple have many products in development that plan to be better than the ones they’re replacing.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freaky Spock Avatar
10 weeks ago
Will it support a calculator app?
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
10 weeks ago
Can we please get a Product Red iPad Air?

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gpat Avatar
10 weeks ago
Just give it 128GB and a price drop. Doesn't even need the M2.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
supergt Avatar
10 weeks ago
Perhaps an unpopular opinion but the best iPad is the cheapest one. You get 95% of the Pro product (not to mention the same handicapped iPad OS) for less than half the cost.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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